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Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon)

This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for students. While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the program has found a way to continue these classes through ‘art kits’ distributed to students’ homes. The kits include materials and instructions for map-themed ‘art challenges’ that teach students about shape, texture, lines and more. According to the News Guard, “McKenzie Purdom of the 21st Century program reports that the kids are very excited about the Art Kits and their Art Challenges.”

Boys & Girls Club Offers Familiar Face, Virtual Place During Pandemic, The Barnstable Patriot (Massachusetts)

Each day, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is providing two hours of interactive, live afterschool programming on Zoom while in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic. The programming includes “Mad Science” workshops, “Girl Talk” sessions, karate, yoga, music, English language arts, tutoring and more. The Club is also partnering with community members to expand programming, including a police officer who will conduct a ‘virtual tour’ of a police cruiser and the Mashpee, Massachusetts police station. “We often don’t realize how stressful this (new coronavirus situation) is for kids,” Executive Director Ruth Provost told the Barnstable Patriot. “They need a familiar routine and (they need) to be able to see people they know and like.”

How this North Omaha Program is Reaching Kids Even While It's Closed, Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)

The NorthStar Enrichment Center provides tutoring, meals, college prep, lacrosse and more in an afterschool program for boys in Omaha, Nebraska. While the pandemic has meant the suspension of in-person programming, the center is busy distributing around 200 boxed dinners on Monday nights, breakfast and lunch on Fridays, and grocery boxes on Wednesdays. NorthStar President Scott Hazelrigg has also been visiting students from a distance by bringing lawn chairs and doughnuts to their front yards to check in and connect them to learning opportunities. The center is planning a summer learning program and distributing iPads so students can participate. “If it’s really hot, there are no jobs and people haven’t had structure, bad stuff happens,” Hazelrigg told the Omaha World-Herald.

Parks and Recreation Center Providing Virtual Classes to Keep Kids Active During Pandemic, KVEO-TV (Texas)

Students in Pharr, Texas are engaging in workout classes, martial arts, dancing, crafts, guitar classes and more thanks to virtual afterschool programming from the Pharr Parks and Recreation Center. The program started offering online classes to help students stay active and healthy during the pandemic. “Whether it’s dancing, taekwondo, [or] guitar, it keeps your mind off some things sometimes, so it’s a little bit of everything,” Recreation Supervisor Sara Guerra told KVEO-TV.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

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Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia) On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

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With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 25, 2020

‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/25/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/11/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/04/20

Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware) In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/21/18

Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts) At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/18/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/20/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

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Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/06/18